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Sunday 08-02

Apple Butter The next Apple Butter Market Festival at South Branch Park, West Friendship Road and Main Street, Sykesville, will be held Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farmers market, artisans, crafts, live entertainment, music and food. Also, the Sykesville and Patapsco Railway model train display will be open noon to 4 p.m. Call Ivy at 410-795-8959.

Early bird coffee Children ages 7 and up can make a coffee can bird feeder in a program at Piney Ridge Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, on Sunday, at 11 a.m. Participants will make a feeder out of recycled pie plates and coffee cans. We'll use paints to decorate the coffee cans. Cost is $6. Call 410-795-6043 to register.

Hiking Hashawha A hike of Hashawha's Wilderness Trail will be conducted on Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. from Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. Join a naturalist for a 2.2-mile hike to enjoy some of the wilder areas of Hashawha. This trail is a bit strenuous, and is for ages 12 and up. Cost is $5. Call 410-848-9040.

Pitch in for park Volunteer can help clean up Charlotte's Quest Nature Center, 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester, in the Park Partners program, Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m. Help with gardening or trail maintenance. Bring gloves and basic tools. Service hours available. Call 410-374-3395.

Monday 08-03

Lewis and Clark The Carroll County Farm Museum will host its August Learning Lunch talk on Monday at noon with the talk, "Lewis and Clark and the Louisiana Purchase." Cindy Hirshburg, who has walked the Lewis and Clark Trail and trains volunteers for the Lewis and Clark Festival in Montana, will lead the discussion. No preregistration required. Cost is $2. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. Call 410-386-3880 or go to

Chim Chim Cher-ee The 1964 classic, "Mary Poppins," will be screened at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, on Monday at 7 p.m. as part of the series of free movie musicals. Free tickets are available at the box office. No outside food permitted. Snack sales benefit the arts council's scholarship program. Sponsored by Cecelia's Bridal of Westminster. Call 410-848-7272.

Tuesday 08-04

Franklin visit Mount Airy Library, 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy, will host a visit by the children's book character, Franklin the turtle, live and in person on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. He'll drop in for an hour, so visitors may bring a camera for a picture. Call 410-386-4470.

Light duty Finksburg Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, will host an astronomy program observing the Sun, "Light: It's All Astronomers Get," on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for ages 9 to adult. Explore the world of light with Skip Bird, observatory director for the Westminster Astronomical Society. Call 410-386-4488.

Wednesday 08-05

Fancy pants Westminster Library, 50 E. Main St., Westminster, will host a Fancy Nancy Tea Party on Wednesday at 1 p.m. for ages 5 to 10. Put on a fancy dress and party shoes for Fancy Nancy stories, a craft and tea and cookies. Call 410-386-4490.

Thursday 08-06

First Seuss ... The Tree of Life Theatre Troupe will present "Seuss Stories" on Thursday at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, in two shows, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., as part of the Summer Kids Theatre program. Sing-along and laugh with Dr. Seuss characters. Cost is $7 adults and $5 for arts council members, seniors and students. Call 410-848-7272.

... then Shakespeare The Shakespeare Factory will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Moses Goldberg directs this production of wayward lovers, "Rude Mechanicals" and fairies. Cost is $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. Call 410-218-1479.

Friday 08-07

AARP goes Hawaiian The Carroll County Chapter of AARP will meet Friday, at 11 a.m., at The Elks Lodge, Route 140 and Gorsuch Road, Westminster. Members of the Office of Public Safety will discuss general preparedness. A buffet will be served at noon and the group, By Heart, will perform songs from Hawaii. Hawaiian attire is welcome. Call 410-848-1838 or 301-829-0791.

Sykesville SnorkelKat The group, SnorkelKat, a Westminster-based duo composed of Skip Smaldone and Carl Freundel, will perform at the Sykesville Concerts in the Park series Friday, 7 to 9 p.m., at Millard Cooper Park, on Springfield Avenue, in Sykesville. The outdoor concert is free, and there are snacks available for purchase and a children's playground. Call Ivy at 410-795-8959.

Saturday 08-08

Peaches ride The Brain Injury Association will host its 13th Eat-A-Peach Challenge bike ride Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Routes of 12, 33, 40, 67 and 100 miles start and end at the Peach Festival at the Carroll County Agricultural Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. Also vendors, crafts, peach cobbler, pie and sundaes. Registration available at, or call 410-448-2924, e-mail or go to

More peaches Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren, 26 Pipe Creek Road, Union Bridge, will host its annual peach festival Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Vendors, children's activities, silent auction, peaches and ice cream, bake table and kettle-fried chicken dinners. Bob Plunkert and Real Country will perform 1 to 6 p.m. Call Jean, 410-775-7693.

All the marbles Cub Scout Pack 883 of Eldersburg will host Marble Madness, with fun activities and games, Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg. Free. Call Cindy, 410-790-4831.

Chicken run An old-fashion chicken fry will be held at Union Memorial VFW Post 8806, 115 Penrose St., Union Bridge, Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m., $12 includes chicken, chicken corn soup, macaroni salad, potato salad and desserts. Call 410-775-2160.

Duo at O'Lordan's Acoustic guitarists Ken Fischer and Wayne Smith will perform at O'Lordans Irish Pub, 14 Liberty St., Westminster, Saturday, 9 p.m. to midnight. Call 410-876-0000.

Sunday 08-09

Ramblin' Sunday The Carroll County Ramblers bluegrass group will perform in concert on Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m., at Springfield Presbyterian Church, 7300 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville. An ice cream social will follow the concert. Call Linda 410-549-1582 or go to

Monday 08-10

'The Hills are Alive ...' The 1965 classic, "The Sound of Music," will be the next movie in the series of free Monday musicals screened at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, on Monday at 7 p.m. Starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Free tickets are available at the box office. No outside food permitted. Snack sales benefit the arts council's scholarship program. Sponsored by Mercer Carpet One. Call 410-848-7272.

Tuesday 08-11

Natural color Eldersburg Library, 6400 Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg, will host a program about making natural dyes from weeds, roots and barks, "Where the Wild Things Grow: Colors From Nature," on Tuesday at 2 p.m., Led by handspinner and weaver Kris Peters, the program is for ages 11 to adult. Call 410-386-4460.

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